Laiser Hill were on Friday crowned the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association rugby sevens champions at this year’s National Secondary Schools Term Two Games at Eldoret Sports Club. The Rift Valley region-based school cruised to a 26-5 win over Chavakali High from Western Region in the cup final.
It is Laiser’s second national title after their exploits in 2016 during the games held at Kangaru School, Embu. They failed to qualify for last year’s games.
The 2015 winners St Peter’s Mumias secured third spot after a 24-7 win over Dagoretti to seal the last spot for next month’s regional games in Musanze, Rwanda.
In the cup final, skipper Clinton Kioko led from the front as he landed two tries with Daniel Kisakyamukama and Brunson Madigu also scoring a try each.
Fredrick Odongo kicked in three conversions as Laiser proved to be too much for their opponents.
Isaac Ouma had pulled a try back for last year’s finalists but they were unable to complete a comeback as Laiser overpowered them with a strong second half display.
To get to the final, Laiser Hill beat St Peter’s Mumias 26-0 as Chavakali secured their place in the final courtesy of coin toss against Dagoretti after three round of penalty kicks failed to yield a winner. The sides had tied 7-7 after sudden death.
Laiser Hill coach Anthony Kirimi said his charges were eager to get back to the top after last year’s absence.
“The boys showed hunger and hard work to get back their crown. We came out from a tough pool and that gave us the confidence to go all the way,” Kirimi said.
It was the end of the road for 2017 East Africa champions Muhuri Muchiri as they bowed out at the quarters after losing 17-14 to Chavakali. In the quarters, Laiser Hill beat Muvuti 19-0, while St Peter’s had overpowered Friends School Bwake 20-17.
In the last eight clash, Dagoretti High beat Nakuru Day 12-7 in sudden death to advance to the semis.
-Report by Brian Yonga/Daily Nation
-Picture by Jared Nyataya/Nation Media Group